The Contender

"It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints." Jude 1:3 

October 2018


An Inseparable Relationship - Jack Crans

Psalms 119:162 “I rejoice at Thy Word, as one that findeth great spoil.”

Nothing seems to tug at my heart more than this penetrating question:

In the context of this present darkness, both in America and globally, ought not our lives be best spent discovering and manifesting the urgencies of the sacred pages of God’s Word?

Just a few weeks ago, Sue and I traveled to Akron, Ohio to visit precious loved ones. Though the visit was only a few hours long, the treasured conversations would never be disappointing. My mother’s sister and brother, Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Bob, shared insights concerning my precious grandfather, Raymond John Fredericks. I already knew that one of his favorite hymns was Break Thou the Bread of Lifeyet, I wasn’t aware that it was also the theme song of his radio broadcast, The Bible Breakfast. Oh, that you would take the time to discover the wonderful words contained in this old hymn! Passion for lost souls consumed Grampa’s life. Known as a personal evangelist, he spent his life knocking on doors, meeting people in the public square and seeking lives marginalized by life’s disappointments. He was pastor of small churches; yet, the yield of full-time servants of Jesus Christ multiplied through his exposition and passion for the lost and dying.

Grampa Fredericks heeded most urgently the Lord’s warning cry in Proverbs 24:11, 12:

If thou forbear (resist) to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that keepeth thy soul, doth not he know it? And shall not he render to every man according to his works?”  

The relationship between my noting of Psalms 119:162 and Proverbs 24:11,12 is my fullest conviction that love for the Word of God yields a life that is passionate for the work of His Harvest. Grampa’s love for the sacred Word was manifest in his love for people! Oh, that our lives be defined by our relationship to the life-changing, empowering and mandated truths of God’s wonderful words of life!

These very truths are what have long directed our labors within the prison, in the lives of police and in the homes of so many fatherless children. Scripture frame our very priorities, convictions and even the spending of our precious time, energy and finances. Our words in pulpits must remain passionate and biblically informed!

When, if ever, has it been less than urgent that we be “redeeming the time, because the days are evil.’ (Ephesians 5:16)?


Invitation To A Solemn Assembly

Please join us on Sunday, October 25 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm at Camp at Old Mill for a Solemn Assembly for prayer and sharing of more intimate concerns of this ministry’s present callings. Renald E. Showers of Friends of Israel will assist me in bringing a timely and most urgent update of this mission’s work. There are many issues confronting CCGM as both opportunity and challenge that I would rather not discuss in emails, letters or written or recorded communications. The information is far too personal, sensitive and requires wise and sober words. Our labors have long been both deep and wide while the future undeniably seems overwhelming, yet, so full of promise! As stated at the very opening of this update, the relationship between the mandates of God’s Word and what we do are inseparable.


God At Work Among Law Enforcement Officers


Most recently, I addressed the opening session of the Breaching The Barricade Conference in Elkhart, Indiana. Jim Bontrager, one of our associates and Senior Chaplain of Elkhart Police, arranged the event. He reports: “I wanted to give you the official count for this year’s law enforcement outreach, Friday’s conferences and the Officer Appreciation Day. We had 170 attend the conferences (up from 70 last year) hailing from 44 agencies and 8 states. At the Officers Appreciation Day, we had 213 families from 10 states and 43 agencies (compared to 159 families last year). We gave out 300 copies of Cold Case Christianity by J. Warner Wallace (to date, the most effective tool we found to communicate the Gospel to this group). I do not have the total number of agencies represented since many at the conferences did not attend the Appreciation Day but I am confident its 60+ conservatively. I know of at least three marriages that God is working in because of our efforts (one for which attending was a last ditch effort at trying to save it) and two lives that God is drawing to Himself. I also know of countless others God is working in many different ways. I love you all and greatly appreciate your partnership in reaching out to this strategic “unreached” people group. God is at work in so many ways…more to come!”


War Room at Valley Forge

County Corrections Gospel Mission is privileged to facilitate the Prayer Room at the 2015 Valley Forge Leadership Prayer Breakfast on Friday, November 6. Although we also co-sponsored two tables at the event, a group of "prayer warriors" will be on their knees in a separate room praying for the proceedings in the banquet hall. Please contact me as soon as possible if you're interested to join us in prayer from about 6 to 10am on that day. What a privilege!


Prayer Needs

• I thank God for you who liberally invest in every aspect of CCGM’s ministries. While God lead some to encourage our missionary staff, others sow into the hearts of prisoners, children, police and correction officers. Others sacrifice much to equip and maintain our facilities or to place life-giving resources into the lives of leaders, single-mothers and the incarcerated.

• As I write, we have the wonderful joy of hosting a family that’s been continuously separated by the demands of the U.S. Secret Service. Pray for the myriad of agents and directors of military and law enforcement families regularly separated by the demands of their often ‘thankless’ callings by God!

• Pray for our entire staff who are engaged in real, daily relationships with children, youth and families that are too often in crisis.

• Pray for our Thursday Bible Clubs for Mothers(am) and Youth(pm) as well as for the penetrating and strategic work of the ‘Bridge Academy Community Center.’

• Prayerfully consider relieving the evident ‘shortfall’ of support for several of our missionary staff.

• We need a few, faithful and willing helpers in our food-service needs for Thursday’s Bible Clubs for women (lunch) and for our Children’s Bible Club volunteers and staff (dinner). These needs are very real and I’d rejoice if you’d write or call us with any hopeful interest in assisting.


Upcoming Events

Sunday, October 25: Solemn Assembly at Camp at Old Mill 

Friday, November 6: Valley Forge Leadership Prayer Breakfast 


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